(ANS - Freetown) - Aminata and Augusta did not know each other. Augusta worked as a prostitute to be able to eat, but now has her own catering business and strives to make it clear to other girls that they should not take that road. Aminata, on the other hand, believes she has to be a prostitute because her grandmother and her mother both were. Augusta is grateful to Don Bosco for the new life that has been given to her, while Aminata is aware of wanting to get out of that world, and appreciates the Salesians' efforts to persuade her, ... but she still resists.
(ANS – Freetown) – A few months ago, an urban bus from Badajoz (Extremadura) was sent to Freetown (Sierra Leone) to cooperate in one of the projects for the minors at risk of exclusion living on the streets of the city. The first objective is to save prostitutes who are minors. This is one of the stories of "a forgotten childhood girl".
(ANS – Freetown) – Three years ago Sierra Leone was mentioned in the media all over the world as the country where people died of Ebola. “The truth – the Spanish daily ‘El Mundo’ wrote – is that Sierra Leone is sinking into oblivion and only a smaller number of NGOs remain in the zone”. While media and international organizations seem to have forgotten, Salesians did not leave any room to oblivion, abandonment and despair. The Salesian Mission Procure of Madrid and the Sons of Don Bosco continue to help and work to secure a future to children and young people.
(ANS - Freetown) - Alberto López is a Spanish journalist at the Department of Communication of the Salesian Missions Office in Madrid. A few days ago he visited one of the most inhumane prisons in the world in order to prepare for a documentary on the work of the Salesians with the most disadvantaged young people of Sierra Leone.
Freetown, Sierra Leone - 2016 - These are the faces of children left without parents, whom the Salesians look after and educate for life. They are "faces that speak of the future."
(Photo: Alberto Lopez, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid)
(ANS – Badajoz) – One of the city buses of Badajoz, in Extremadura, Spain, has been sent to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Thee it will become a mobile unit that can help thousands of children at risk of exclusion who are living on the streets of the city. It will serve to provide medical assistance, food and psychosocial help.
Italy - The role of oratories today
(ANS - Catania) - During the afternoons of so many kids today, digital devices have replaced the physical locations of meeting and gettting together. Several observers comment that there are fewer outdoor games today, fewer socialization opportunities ... In this context, the oratories have also changed, but their service continues to be precious, reiterates Fr Domenico Luvarà, Delegate of the Youth Ministry of the Sicilian Province (ISI).
Communicating hope and confidence in our time, a difficult task
22 May, 2017: It is 10:35 PM, local time. The concert of American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester City Arena turns into a night of terror when a terrorist attack kills 22 people, many young; in the following days, repeated attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan, and even more recently in London, the number of victims tragically increases.
Belgium – 4 Salesian organizations join 250 NGOs launching Alternative Vision for Europe
(ANS – Bruxelles) – More than 250 non-governmental organizations from across Europe have released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe today, June 20, 2017. Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women’s rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.
Italy - Hope beyond the waves: Ahmed's story
(ANS - Turin) - Ahmed comes from Egypt, is a Muslim and he arrived in Italy three years ago. The family did not want to let him go, for fear of losing him in the waves of the Mediterranean but, convinced by a friend, Ahmed decided to leave with the help of his father. Now he has started a new life in Turin, accompanied by the sons of Don Bosco. "The most beautiful and important lesson I learned is to live in peace with people of different countries and religions and the recent visit of the Pope to Cairo is a beautiful demonstration of how we can be brothers," says Ahmed.